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reduce verb

ADV. considerably, dramatically, drastically, greatly, sharply, significantly, substantially | further | slightly We need to reduce the speed slightly. | gradually, progressively Legislation progressively reduced the number of situations in which industrial action could be taken.

VERB + REDUCE aim to, attempt to, seek to, try to | help (to) Giving up smoking helps reduce the risk of heart disease. | manage to | be designed to, be intended to | be expected to, be likely to

PREP. by Pollution from the works has been reduced by 70 per cent. | from, to The price is reduced from 99p to 85p.

PHRASES an attempt/effort to reduce sth, measures to reduce sth, reduce sth to a minimum The risks must be reduced to the absolute minimum.